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Welcome to the 360 version of Android weekly apps And the last one for 2020! We hope you all have a happy holiday and a Happy New Year, too. It was a little slow week due to the holidays, but here are the top app and game titles from last week:
- A lot of people might get their first Android phones this year while also giving away their Apple devices. There are a lot of differences between the platforms, including the apps available for each. These switches might want to check out some Excellent Android alternatives to some of the best iOS apps.
- WhatsApp is rolling out audio and video calls For desktop users at the end. Unfortunately, only some people now have it as part of a limited trial. However, the service plans to launch the feature after the new year. It didn’t work out in time for the holidays but it sure will be next year.
- Google is shutting down its Android Things platform. Operation Sunset begins on January 5, 2021, and the platform will completely close a year later. Thankfully, there aren’t a lot of products affected and Google never seems to be interested in them anyway. We don’t know if Google replaces it with anything.
- We asked our readers this week If they use a news aggregator that usually comes packed with stock launchers these days the most popular is Google Discover, but Samsung, OnePlus, and many other OEMs have a little flavor of their own. Obviously, most of our readers voted for Google Discover, with the runner-up completely ignoring the feature. Click on the link to read more.
- We did a poll among our writers To find out our best games of the year. Among the games we’ve included, some mobile games made it to the list, including Genshin Impact and Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross. Click on the link to check our options.
price: Free to play
Empires Mobile is the latest game from IGG. It’s a strategy game with similar (but not identical) mechanics to games like Clash of Clans. You build your own little empire and then train troops to take over other empires. It allows you to choose between various fairy races such as elves and dwarves. Of course, there are heroes to unlock and play with too. The big complaint about this is that you can only play the elves at first. The developers plan to add other races over time. It will be a good time waste in the end, so keep an eye on that.
price: Free / $ 6.49
Listshare is a simple list sharing app. You can create lists for things like groceries or just a general to-do list and share it with your family, roommates, or anyone else. It features a simple and colorful user interface. No one should get lost in using this. You can also organize your lists into dedicated categories like grocery or home business so everything has its place. This is new and we haven’t tested it very extensively so there might be bugs we missed, but it looks very good to us.
price: $ 7.99 USD
Forager is a 2D open world game that contains dungeon crawling elements. Life began on Steam and is now available on mobile. You can explore the world, collect many things, forge items, build structures, and manage various resources. The graphics won’t win any prizes but the gameplay is really fun. It had some early release issues like accidental crashes, but most of the issues seem to have been fixed in the updates. It’s a little expensive but you can easily dump dozens of hours into this without a problem.
Sky Weatherman is a new weather app. It does a lot of the basics like the current temperature and future predictions. However, this option allows users to track the weather during dates that are important to them. For example, you can tell the app of your wedding day and it will tell you the weather for that day. It is a separate part of the app so that you can easily check and check again to make sure nothing has changed. You can even set it to tell you the weather as a specific time each day like right before your morning commute. It also has widgets, inclement weather push notifications, and other features. We’d like a pro version to remove ads, but it’s pretty good otherwise.
Star Wars Couture II
price: $ 14.99
Star Wars KOTOR II is the latest port of the popular Knights of the Old Republic series. It’s a fairly deep RPG where you try to save Jedi’s command after it falls into ruin. It’s a little slow game, but the RPG elements and story are so deep that you can play for tens of hours. The mobile version is a faithful recreation of the original. However, there are some bugs that cause some problems with playing it. We recommend giving the developers enough time to sort some of them, but other than that, it’s a great old RPG.
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